THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Darlene (Barribeau) Melland, 86, of Oconto passed away peacefully at home after a lifetime of illnesses.
Born on March 20, 1927 in Oconto to the late Wilfred, sr., Pip and Rose Mim (Lemirande) Barribeau, she met her husband, John while he was working for Acme Tree Surgery.
She worked at the old Egg Plant in Oconto before she was married on Aug. 28, 1948 to John Melland at St. Peters Catholic Church, Oconto. After all of her children were in school she started working at Racine Glove Co., Oconto until it closed in 1981. She also taught religion classes at St. Peters for seven years. She and her husband loved to travel to different parts of the U.S. with her sisters and her brother and vacations taken every year with their children.
Survivors include four children, Deborah (Melland-Anderson) Coniff, Renee (Melland-Belongia) Berg and friend Mark and Jeffrey (Dawn) Melland, all of Oconto and Tami (Melland) Shields of Marinette; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Marlene (Ralph, jr.) Hall of Green Bay; a sister-in-law, Donna Barribeau of Oconto, both special to her and a special niece Judi (Bob) Kelsey of Green Bay; goddaughters, Kris (Dennis) Polsen of Naperville, Ill. Extended family of Jim Coniffs children; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Jim Coniff; a brother, Wilfred Curly Barribeau, jr.; three sisters, June (Cyr) Zanders, Sally (Alvin) Rudolph and Laverne (Ray) Cyr.
Friends may call at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Oconto from 9:30 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 26. Fr. Joel Sember will officiate and interment will be at Oconto Catholic Cemetery. Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home, Oconto is assisting the family.